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Autumnal Equinox infographic

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Happy Fall Equinox from aNewDomain.net. Check out this autumnal equinox infographic, courtesy ouramazingplanet.com.
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NASA: Black Hole To Eat Dust Cloud in 2013, Scope Nails Millions of Black Holes Elsewhere

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NASA: Says Its scope Chandra has located millions of black holes in the universe, and that's just a sliver. And there's a massive one in our Milky Way Galaxy scientists believe will suck up a big gas cloud in 2013. Holy Moley, Batman! Check out the video, pics, more.
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Mars Curiosity Lander, Samsung vs. Apple: Tech 411

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This week on Tech 411, our Todd Moore and Oscar Santana discuss the landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover and whether it was even worth the effort. Also, Samsung wants you to give up your Apple iPhone. Seriously? Not in Todd Moore's house ...
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China Unveils New Space Projects (videos)

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Last week China announced that it will launch several new space projects between 2014 and 2016 at the inaugural ceremony of the 28th general assembly of the International Astronomical Union. Senior Chinese astronomer, Su Dingqiang said one project will be a hard X-ray telescope for studying black holes. China has stationed a telescope in Antarctica where temperatures […]
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Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle: On Curiosity

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Today in Chaos Manor, our Jerry Pournelle digs into the successful Mars Curiosity mission. It's aNewDomain.net.
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Mars Landing 2012: NASA Celebrates Seven Minutes of Terror

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Image Credit: Richard Hay on location aNewDomain.net I took the above shot several hours before NASA landed on Mars early today. NASA Ames had a ton of financial and intellectual capital — and pride — invested in this week’s touchdown of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), often referred to as the Curiosity Lander. It touched […]
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Mars curiosity lander landing site

Mars Landing 2012: Live Feed Here

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Watch the Mars 2012 Landing live on uStream. The feed is live now. And check out the Seven Minutes of Terror JPL infographic on the craft's Entry, Descent and Landing -- EDL, as they call it. It's aNewDomain.net.
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Mars Curiosity Landing: Richard Hay’s NASA Gallery

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Our science contributor Richard Hay was lucky enough to get into the NASA Ames facility in Mountain View, CA, near his work as an engineer at Google. PICS!
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Ford Raptor vs. Mars Rover Infographic (parody)

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Talk about off-road vehicles. Check out his cheeky infographic to see how the Ford Raptor and the Mars Rover compare. Graphic: TopSpeed.Com.
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Mars Landing 2012 Infographic: How Mars Rover Curiosity Works

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How does the Mars Rover Curiosity work? Check out this Mars Landing 2012 Infographic.
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20, 1969: The Lift Off Video

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July 20, 2012, marks 43 years exactly since Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin landed on the moon. It was the historic NASA Apollo 11 moon landing. After some hours on the surface,  Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon the next day — on July 21, 1969. Aldrin followed as the […]
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Infographic: All 786 Known Planets Drawn to Scale

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Every now and again I see an infographic that I absolutely must share. This is one. It’s all 786 known planets — exoplanets and all — drawn to scale. A permanent link to this image is here. The infographic bar is officially raised.
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Transit of Venus 2012: (infographic, explainer, video, viewing details)

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On Tuesday -- in an event you won't see again -- NASA this week will telecast the transit of venus -- it's be shown live from Hawaii's Mauna Kea Observatory on June 5 and June 6. This video shows how the Sun, Venus and Earth line up in this rare situation, which won't happen again in our lifetimes. As usual, the folks at space.com have a great infographic. Check it out inside the piece ...
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Historic First Docking: International Space Station with Private Dragon Commerce Craft, NASA Boards.

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CREDIT: NASA Gradually, we will fill this gallery with vids, pics and words describing this historic union of a private commercial craft -- the SpaceX Dragon private commercial docking craft with the internationally run and space agency managed ISS. It is a big deal. So far so good. Stick around as we beef up this photo and video montage. Send us comments and excellent photos or video links as you find them. Enjoy. Credit: NASA Credit: NASA
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Jerry Pournelle Chaos Manor: On Dragon Docks, the Commercial Space Era Kickoff

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The Space Station caught the Dragon by the tail. It’s the first instance of the success of the new NASA policy. A long time ago some of us said that NASA shouldn’t be running operations, it should create markets and let the industry take care of the rest. The government doesn’t operate the railroads, or the airlines, or the trucking industry. Even though a great deal of rail, airline freight and passenger, and highway freight is government stuff. Fort Hood doesn’t operate trucking lines to go out and bring food to the mess halls. It pays for delivery. Thus should it be with NASA.
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SpaceX Dragon Closes in on International Space Station (video)

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In a historic flight, the SpaceX commercial craft Dragon looks like it will successfully dock up with the International Space Station (ISS). Check out this video, courtesy NASA.
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SpaceX Dragon: How Does It Work, In-Depth (amazing infographic)

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Some things just don't work in words. So here's an infographic, courtesy the most excellent site space.com, on how the SpaceX Falcon rocket-powered Dragon works. It took off today at long last and after delays. But it's off, launched today to offload cargo to the ISS. Here's how it works. Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration
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SpaceX: Dragon Finally Takes Off Into Orbit, Makes History

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After a setback last week, SpaceX launched Dragon -- and the orbital craft is off to catch up -- or try to catch up -- to the International Space Station (ISS). It's a commercial venture. This is historic.
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A carved Ganesha photographed against a wall during the 2012 Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse 2012: Russ Johnson (Ganesha)

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Hindu and Islam symbols coexist, a distinctly India-style symbol of the Solar Eclipse.
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How to Look at the Sun and Not Go Blind

Solar Eclipse 2012: How to Safely View the Eclipse (infographic)

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I had lunch with photographer Trey Ratcliff today, who told me a neat trick. Tape your Apple iPhone or other smartphone into your shoebox eclipse viewer -- so that the lens aligns with your pinhole. That lets you take pictures, reduce glare and you won't go blind, either. Caution: NEVER stare at the sun, even at the height of the eclipse when just a sliver of light is showing. Your retinas don't have nerves -- so it won't hurt -- but looking at the sun will in fact irreversibly damage your retina. Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration
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